Sarsen stones in misty sunshine, sparkling dew and birdsong all around – just some of the wonders of early mornings at Avebury that await those willing to help at this year's Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Sarsen Trail on Sunday 4th May.
The Trust is calling for volunteers to help out at Avebury, Redhorn Hill, Stonehenge, and checkpoints along the 26-mile route to ensure the Trust's biggest fundraiser is a fantastic Bank Holiday event for walkers and runners.
"This is the 20th birthday of the Sarsen Trail so there will be an even more brilliant atmosphere in which to help than usual," says Trust events officer Kirsten Kerr-Bonner. "There is always a team of people at each location. Some jobs just take a couple of hours, while others can take all day, but we are extremely grateful for whatever time you are able to offer us," says Kirsten.
Jobs include registering participants, manning the check points, serving drinks, marshalling car parks, setting up signs and resources, guiding participants and generally cheering them on. A full briefing is given for each role.
The Sarsen Trail stretches between Avebury and Stonehenge and for walkers there is a choice of distance – 11 miles, 15 miles or the full 26 miles. If you are a runner, you can enter the Neolithic Marathon or Half Marathon. Last year 2,000 people took part, raising more than £50,000.
"There is something special about being involved in an event celebrating the natural world – the curving down land, fields of the newest pea-green, sprinklings of cow parsley in the hedges, the vistas of Salisbury Plain," says Kirsten.
"We know that Wiltshire people are passionate about wildlife – our recent survey of 100,000 households has told us that 99.9% of respondents believe it is important to conserve wildlife in Wiltshire and we received huge backing for the Trust's work in all areas. So now is your chance to turn words into action and contribute to the success of an event which raises funds for the future of Wiltshire wildlife."
If you want to be a part of this event, contact Kirsten on (01380) 725670 ext 281, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the walk or registering for the event log on to the website: www.wiltshirewildlife.org
Notes to editors The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is one of the UK's leading environmental charities, which recognises that the conservation of wildlife and preservation of the planet are inextricably linked, and works to promote a sustainable future for wildlife and people.
The Trust has more than 18,000 members and supporters, and more than a thousand volunteers working on a range of projects from promoting energy efficiency in the home as a step towards slowing climate change, to waste prevention programmes that reduce the rubbish going to landfill sites, to working on one of the Trust's nature reserves to conserve the Wiltshire countryside and the rich variety of plants and animals that live there.
The Trust owns or manages 2,000 acres of nature reserves that provide havens for plants and animals. It advises landowners on how to manage their land with wildlife in mind, and comments on planning applications that affect sites of wildlife interest. The Trust also actively promotes community wildlife programmes and environmental education.